St. Tammany Parish Profile

About the LSU AgCenter

The LSU AgCenter is dedicated to providing innovative research, information and education to improve people’s lives. Working in a statewide network of parish extension offices, research stations and academic departments, the LSU AgCenter helps Louisiana citizens make the best use of natural resources, protect the environment, enhance agricultural enterprises, and develop human and community resources.

Program Highlights

4-H Youth Development

St. Tammany Parish 4-H provides youth with opportunities to develop life skills through non-traditional experiential learning activities, programs and school enrichment learning. 4-H has given endless opportunities to work with caring adult volunteers to foster personal growth and become well rounded citizens through the essential elements of 4-H: Belonging, Independence, Generosity and Mastery. The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach. Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living and science, engineering and technology programs. The 4-H motto is “To Make the Best Better”, while the slogan is “Learn by Doing”.

Agriculture and Natural Resources

As citizens continue to settle in St. Tammany Parish, we have more homes which equals more lawns and landscaping. Master Gardeners are trained to provide homeowner groups, schools and churches with management and maintenance of the grounds and gardens. Several vegetable seminars and educational plant shows provide area residents with their horticulture information. Additionally, forestry continues to play an important role in St. Tammany Parish. Several schools in St. Tammany participate in school gardens. Extension Agents and Master Gardeners work with students in the gardens as an outdoor classroom that reinforce in-class lesson and grade level expectations.

Sea Grant / Marine Extension

Louisiana's fisheries touch the people of Louisiana every day, providing food, recreation, and employment to all ages in all parts of the state. Louisiana Sea Grant specialists and agents from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center are dedicated to sustaining these fisheries and their environments. Programming in St. Tammany includes: Shell Wetland Education Program, St. Tammany Parish Adopt a Pond Program, Louisiana Master Naturalist, High Water Mark Education Program, Pond Workshops and Consultations.

Family and Consumer Sciences

Unique to St. Tammany via the Advisory Leadership Council, Healthy Living meetings and St. Tammany Parish focus groups is the request to offer both nutrition and physical activity with a focus on heart health to residents 40 and over. A work-site wellness program is offered to various St. Tammany workplaces to offer work-site wellness nutrition and physical activity series to employees throughout the parish. Family nutrition nights and healthy living days are also offered for families to learn and participate in interactive nutrition and physical activity stations. Through the Healthy Community Coalition, the playground stencil project encourages development of fundamental movement and motor skills while creating environments that encourage physical activity.

Whom We Reach:

68,736 youth (4-H Clubs, School Enrichment, Character Education, Livestock, Shooting Sports, Adopt a Pond Programming) 47,327 adults (Ag & Natural Resources, FCS, Marine Extension/Fisheries, Master Gardeners, Home Visits, News Articles and Publications)

How We Reach Them:

4-H School Clubs, 4-H Before and After School Club, School Gardens, Master Gardener Class, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Seminars, Demonstrations, Newsletters, Publications, Livestock Clinics, Shooting Sports Practices & Classroom Instruction, Field Days and Home Visits.

Expanding Our Efforts:

550 volunteers from 4-H Club Leaders, 4-H Livestock, FCS, Marine Extension/Fisheries, 4-H Shooting Sports, 4-H Junior Leadership and Master Gardeners.

Parish Facts:

LSU AgCenter agents provide research-based information on plant, aquaculture, wildlife and animal enterprises to St. Tammany Parish residents. The total dollar amount from these commodities were: Animal Enterprises, $50,194,424; Aquaculture and Wildlife, $19,361,341; Plant Enterprises, $38,569,935.

Land Area — 1,124 square miles; Population —255,820; Population under 18 years old — 24%; Population 65 years old and over — 16.9%; Median Household Income — $66,539; Persons Below Poverty — 11.1%

Local Issues and Plans for this Year

Increase Productivity and Profitability of Louisiana Agriculture:

  • Conduct spring and fall garden seminars for home gardeners.
  • Conduct farm and home visits.
  • Write news column, web page content and seminars on agriculture practices.
  • Visit local commercial vegetable and small fruit farms.

Build Leaders and Good Citizens through 4-H Youth Development:

  • Develop and implement service-learning projects throughout the parish.
  • Develop life skills, character and knowledge through the 4-H Livestock Program.
  • Provide youth with leadership development opportunities.
  • Assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes so they may become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society through the Shooting Sports Program.
  • Increase a sense of belonging by establishing common ground, celebrating diversity and creating opportunities for the inner-city and rural youth to interact and serve others together.
  • Promote agriculture awareness and careers in agriculture.

Promote the Wide Use of Natural Resources and Protection of the Environment:

  • Work with parish schools to continue the Adopt a Pond program.
  • Continue to expand the Shell Wetland Education Program which offers young people an opportunity to learn about wetlands and the environment through a hands-on approach.
  • Work with local area fisheries.

Strengthen Families and Communities:

  • Family Nutrition Program clients receive training on feeding their families nutritionally on a budget.
  • Conduct workshops on disaster preparedness, storm clean-up and house cleaning after a storm.
  • Teach classes on reducing credit balances and examining spending habits.

How we are funded:

You are the local supporters and beneficiaries in the LSU AgCenter extension programs. Just 20% support keeps these programs in your community. Your parish extension office offers programs in:

  • Sustaining Louisiana agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
  • Building leaders and good citizens through 4-H Youth Development.
  • Family, nutrition and health to enhance the quality of life for Louisiana’s citizens.

LSU AgCenter State Appropriated Funds for FY 2019-2020:

  • State general direct: 74.9%
  • Federal funds: 13.6%
  • Self-generated: 7.1%
  • Statutory deductions: 4.4%

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture